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can donald trump turn big poll numbers into a big win? and can marco rubio bounce back from that debate debacle? we go one-on-one. nightmare at sea. panic as a cruise ship gets caught in a ferocious storm and slammed by 30-foot waves and water r rhing in and thousands ordered to their cabin. bomb handoff. shocking video of the moment a suspected suicide bomber is handed what authorities believe is a laptop packed with explosives before blowing himself up on board. a heartburn drug warning. millions take them, and now doctors are sounding an alarm about some of the most popular medications on the market. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt reporting tonight from manchester, new hampshire. >> good evening, from a snowy manchester, the weather just one more challenge for the
primary election eve as they hit 30 events across this state today, hoping to move the needle in their rection. the latest snapshot shows bernie sanders leading hillary clinton by 16 points for the democrats. donald trump sitting on a 20-point lead among republicans with a three-way mash-up for second. but here's the wild card. history shows about half of new hampshire voters are very late deciders, and withh that in mind candidates on both sides are noticeably stepping up tir attacks. let's begin our coverage with nbc's andrea mitche. she's covering the clinton campaign. andrea, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you. hillary and bill clinton frustrated by their inability to close the gap with bernie nders, especiallll with young women. and they are running out of time. >> i'm looking forward to it. i need some fuel. >> reporter: hillary clinton never thought she'd be on the losing side of a gender gap, but young women are abandoning her in droves for bernie e sanders, a
>> she seems a little old-fashioned for feminism. >> i don't vote with my feminine femininity femininity. i vote with logical reason. >> reporter: today bill clinton trying to stay on message. >> i have to be careful what i say. >> reporter: but clearly unhappy about the state of the campaign. why do you think berens' argument is having an impact here? >> young people are really mad and really apprehensive and they are right to be, but they should listen to a debate a aut what cause it had, what's the best remedy and who is most likely to improve their lives and empower him. >> reporter: do you think he's been unfafr to herer >> well, i think he's been inaccurate. >> reporter: sday night it all boiled over. >> i mean, when you're making a revolution, you can't be too careful about the facts. >> reporter: and accusing sanders' supporters of using sexist language. >> attacks that are literally too profane often, not to mention sesest. >> reporter: sanders' campaign says it's disappointed. >> i think it'snfortunate that president clinton has decided took after persony that way snig nothing bill clinton's jabs,
>> and i'm here today to ask your support to join with us in making that political thank you all very much. >> reporter: and hillary clinton with rachelle maddow addressed staff. >> we're going to take stock, what works, what doesn't work. of course, it would be malpractice to say okay what works,s,hat can we do better and can do new and different that we >> reporter: tonight bernie sanders has all the trappings of a front-runner. the clintons seemingly shocked to find themselves so far behind. andrea mitchell, nbc news, manchester. >> reporter: i'm katy tur following the trump campaign. one door. >> how are you doing? >> i'm good. how are you. >> reporter: one voter at a time. >> reporter: have you decided on what you're going to support? >> we have not decided. >> reporter: campaign staffer jamie peevy is making a pitch for donald trump. >> i'm still on the edge. >> reporter: the candidate is trying to hold on to his commanding lead in the polls by blanketing the state, getting up close and personal with voters
>> we have to get away from these politicians,able we have to bring sanity to this country. >> reporter: trump's retail politics efforts coming late in the race after an awkward sunday, barely talking to voters in a diner and meandering through an unfocused stump. >> what do you think so far? >> i think that's a bunch of garbage. >> reporter: here historically voters make up their minds late. >> usually i'm a gut instinct kind of person so still trying to figure that how the. >> reporter: that means second and even first place could be up for grabs, after what many saw as marco rubio's dismal debate performance. >> nobody now believes that marco rubio is prepared to be president of the united states. >> reporter: field tryqng to capitalize on rubio's scripted missteps. jeb bush and john kasich suddenly climbing in the polls. >> people are looking not only to understand what's in your head, but they also want to know what's in your heart, and if all you are is scripted, i'm not sure that people respond to that. >> people will want to know what kind of leadership skills people have, rather than how good you are at turning a phrase.
snowballs and hurling insults, calling trump a loser, a liar and a whiner on twitter. up 21 points, the state is donald trump's to lose. bush knows it and so does trump. >> let me tell you. he's not going anywhere. >> reporter: trump takes the stage here in just about half an house, and right now this room is just about half full. new hampshire is a fiercely independent state. it is one that is known to surprise, and although donald trump is up by a lot here, i will leave with you this, lester. those leaving the trump rally early on sunday told me that they were going to go see john kasich. >> all right. katy tur, thanks. let's go back to marco rubio. he's brushing off broad criticism that haveaturday debate performance when he was called out for repeating the same talking point about president obama four times in the span of a few minutes. i joined him on the trail here in new hampshire this morning where he acknowledges relative success in iowa has opened him up for attack here. what's it like to h he a big fat target on your back?
>> it's part of the process. when you have a target it means you're doing something well. >> hi, how are you. >> reporter: could marco rubio's debate moment change all that? for the past two days it's been hard to miss. senator, we're sitting in a diner and on tv they are talking about you. >> let's dispel once and for all with this fiction that barack obama doesn't know what he's doing. let's dispel with the fiction that barack obama doesn't know what he's doing snow repeated the same thing four times. >> i'll say it again. barack obama is trying to change america and he's doing damage to this country with those changes. i'll say it again. none of the things that has happened are accidents. obamacare was not an accident. dodd/frank is not an accident. >> reporter: but in repeating it over and over again it played to this notion that your critics have, some of your opponents, that you are a bit contrived, that you're rehearsed. >> that's silly, and people understand when they are running for office are going to say whatever they need to say. chris christie has a very liberal record, right? he supported gun control. he supported planned parenthood and wrote them a personal chchk.
sonia sotomayor so if you're a candidate you don't want to talk about that. you want to figure out something else s that's what they will do and the media is always looking fo something new and interesting to cover. for voters, 9 republican voters agree with what i'm saying. >> reporter: marco robot, to see a headline that you checked. >> that's just part of the pros semnoz doesn't bother you? was it your finest performance? >> in our website we raised more money in the first hour that have debate than all the other debates. >> reporter: governors who are your opponents talk about the experience of actually being in charge of somethings opposed legislative side as a senator. what do you respond? what's your response? >> that they have zero none. jeb bush has no foreign policy experience. >> reporter: how deep is your foreign policy? >> more than any of them, member of the intelligence committee for five years and going through some of the most sensitive information this government has. i have more foreign policy and national security experience than everybody elsee on that debate stage the other night combined.
showing in iowa, strong third place, has put a lot of expectations on you in terms of going forward here. what does that mean in terms of what happens in new hampshire? what is your bar? >> every state is different. you have donald trump that's consistently been in first place now since june or july. he's the clear front-runner. we'll do well here. we have a good team here. when it's all said and done and the delegates are counted up we'll have more than half of them and we'll the nominee of that i remain 100% convinced >> reporter: conversation with marco rubio over a cup of coffee this rning. let's turn now to chuck todd, our political director and moderator of "meet the press." chuck, you've got bill clinton on the attack, trump getting personal with voters, rubio's debate performance. are we seeing anything late in shifting the dynamic? >> reporter: i think what's amazing is how jumbled everything is on the republican side, and new hampshire is no longer going to serve of as the state we thought it would. we thought it was going to be republican field. i think now because of the rubio debate performance, even if he
opponents all believe he has a glass jaw and want another crack at him in south carolina. let's not lose sight of this fact, lester. both bernie sanders and donald trump, have been leading in the polls here for months. they have not lost their lead. maybe it goes up and down, and the fact of the matter is when the country is upset, new hampshire is the first one to tell us and a sanders/trump duel just that message. that's still a big deal, lester. >> chuck todd tonight, thank you. as can you see around mere a winter storm has battered part of the east coast which is bracing for another storm that could hit as primary voters go to the polls tomorrow. today a blizzard blasted new england with triple threat conditions. heavy snow, strong winds and icy flooding. cape cod and the massachusetts coast got the brunt of the storm. in connecticut a tour bus with at least 70 passengers rolled over. many of them were hurt. i-95 was shut down for several hours. tonight, thousands aboard
in the world are heading back to port, shaken after a nightmare at sea as the ship sailed right into a powerful storm with hurricane force winds and 30-foot waves slamming into the sides. water rushing in and passengers running for cover. nbc's janet shamlian has more. >> reporter: a monster storm off the carolina coast, on a collision c crse with the world's largest cruise ship. this was the aftermath aboard "anthem of the sea," the dining room in tatters and shattered glass everywhere after the vessel was tossed like a toy in winds matching a category 2 hurricane. >> my dad at one point says, you know, this ship could crack in half. >> reporter: more than 6,000 passengers and crew ordered to take cover. the crew started saturday in new jersey, scheduled to dock in florida today beforor continuing to the bahamas, but tonight the trip is cancelled. the vessel is returning, due back wednesday. diane hockman said many
>> angry because they feel that somebody should have known. they are angry because they feel that they have lost their special vacation. >> reporter: royal carribean's is promising a full refund and said in a statement while weather was unpleasant the ship remained seaworthy at all times. but with the storm forecast for days, why did the ship trial to go through this, this from an announcement on board. >> yesterday turned out to be probably one of my worst days at sea. >> reporter: the vessel is in calm waters now, as frustrated vacationers sail back to win the every after drama on the high seas. janet shamlian, nbc news. >> the cdc has now moved to its highest alert level over the zika outbreak, and president obama has asked congress for $1.8 billion in emergency funding to combat the virus linked to birth defects. also, as tom costello explains, there is growing concern ahead
ground zero for zika. with the rio games just six months away the u.s. olympic committee today reiterated cdc guidance that pregnant women and anyone who is concerned for their health might consider not going to the games in august but added we would not and will not prevent athletes from competing qualify. top zika experts say it's a personal decision. >> it's very difficult to give advice to people who have devoted the last "x" number of years training for that, and what we can do with the cdc and the hin could do is to just give them the facts and the evidence-based information. >> reporter: with 4,000 babies already diagnosed with microcephaly in brazil, today the white house asked congress for nearly $2 billion to search for a vaccine and ramp up the fight. >> we expect with the warmer months to come that more risk will be present, and s this is really a time where we need to scale. >> reporter: the cdc now says its emergency operations center
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the body of the alleged bomber ejected from the plane by the was this the work of people who worked at the airport? >> reporter: well, one of the people who works at the airport we are investigating. >> reporter: investigators working with a team of americans have arrested 20 people. some aviation security experts say it shows the risk from workers inside airports, even in the u.s. >> i believe we don't have enough security measuresrom the inside, and i think that's a problem, and i think it's something that immediate action needs to be taken on. >> reporter: alleged bomber was booked on a cancelled turkish airlines flight. he took a later plane. had the bomb gone off later at a higher altitude, the explosion may have killed everyone on board. keir simmons, nbc news, london. still ahead tonight, are you one of the millions of americans who take heartburn medicine?
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about a fuzzy face who is quite the sensation on the campaign trail. >> reporter: it's only fitting that the granite state forms the bedrock of american campaigns. this year red and blue are united behind pink in darren garnish's hands. show meet goods. >> this is dino, and he's really proven to me how special the new hampshire primary is. >> reporter: call it the dinosaur primary. one man's non-partisan pursuits snapping photos of as many presidential hopefuls as possible posing with his favorite childhood cartoon. his approach. charm. would you like toose with it. that. >> >> nody did. >> reporter: candidates and personalities matters as much as what comes out of the mouth. this is the chris christie, like with confidence did, the one arm with confidence. this is the rick perry, the governor oftexas. fish. >> reporter: then there's cruz's cradle and carson's wide in.
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